Swann: The call of nature came once or twice

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Spinner Graeme Swann has all but confirmed some of the England players urinated on the pitch, shortly after Sunday's drawn fifth Ashes Test – and three-nil series result at The Oval in London.

Spinner Graeme Swann has all but confirmed some of the England players urinated on the pitch, shortly after Sunday's drawn fifth Ashes Test – and three-nil series result at The Oval in London.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen, all-rounder Stuart Broad and fast bowler James Anderson reportedly relieved themselves, while team-mates cheered. The England and Wales Cricket Board, meanwhile, are yet to respond to the allegations.

"We did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers, singing a few songs and enjoying each other's company," the <i>Sun</i> quoted Swann as saying.

"I think the call of nature might have come once or twice, but it was nothing untoward. It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark."

England beat the Australians by 14 runs at Trent Bridge, 347 runs at Lord's and 74 runs at Chester-le-Street. Fixtures at The Oval and Old Trafford ended in rain-affected stalemates.

Batsman Ian Bell was named the hosts' Player of the Series on the back of three centuries and two half-tons and seamer Ryan Harris, who took 24 wickets in four matches, clinched the tourists' accolade.

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